Posted on Monday 13 August 2012 by Ulster Business


Co Tyrone-based modular construction specialists the McAvoy Group have landed a lucrative series of school contracts in the City of London.

The six projects, which range from extension works to the provision of completely new premises, have a combined value of more than £5m and mark the latest phase in a concerted export drive into the English marketplace by McAvoy.

The contracts, all successfully tendered for under the GPS Framework, will provide much needed state-of-the-art classroom provision plus ancillary accommodation in the London Boroughs of Enfield, Waltham Forest, Merton and Barnet as well as an extension to a Victorian School in Kensington and additional accommodation for schools in Essex and Bristol.

Commenting on the newly awarded contracts, McAvoy Group Business Development Director, Orla Corr, OBE said: "With the recent downturn in the construction sector locally we have been increasingly looking outside of the Province for new opportunities.

"Our off-site building technology helps to deliver educational facilities within a reduced time-frame and with significantly less disruption on site.

"These school contracts represent something of a breakthrough within the education sector in England and we are hopeful that more will follow."

McAvoy's experience within the education sector locally ranges from complete colleges to classroom extensions, laboratories, lecture theatres, administration blocks, single classrooms and nurseries.

"Our off-site building expertise leads to faster completion times, less environmental impact, and enhanced quality and increasingly more and more clients are opting for modular construction solutions," addedOrla Corr.

Congratulating the company, Kevin McCann, Invest Northern Ireland's Director of Advanced Engineering and Construction, said: "McAvoy Group is working hard to identify new opportunities in Great Britain and has undertaken extensive marketing development activities supported by Invest NI in recent months. Securing these valuable contracts is a mark of this firm's progressive attitude and entrepreneurial focus and I'm delighted its plans are now coming to fruition."


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